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Americans Will Need an ETIAS for European Travel, Not a Visa

News broke recently that American citizens along with people from more than 60 countries will soon need a visa to enter Europe’s Schengen Zone, an area compromised of 26 countries. This, however, is a bit misleading. The new clearance is not a visa, but an approval through the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS).… Continue reading Americans Will Need an ETIAS for European Travel, Not a Visa

Outside Perspectives

A Student’s First Time Planning a Trip Abroad

Traveling the world has been such an experience, to say the least, during my time abroad. I never would have thought coming to London would open the door to see so many other new places. Within my semester here at the London College of Fashion I had a two-week period off from classes. Part of… Continue reading A Student’s First Time Planning a Trip Abroad

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Back to Rome: Italy and Spain 2016

Have you been on a trip that was so perfect it feels like a distant dream? Or had an experience that makes you want to claw through time and space to get back to it? That is exactly how I feel about my study abroad trip in Rome during July of 2016. The trip took… Continue reading Back to Rome: Italy and Spain 2016

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Back to Rome: Day Trip to Tuscany

Sunday was another magical day to a place I again never expected to visit: Tuscany. Our first stop was at “The Town of Fine Towers,” San Gimignano, a rustic medieval town with preserved tower houses and remarkable views. The stone streets and buildings of the city with its views of the surrounding green valley were… Continue reading Back to Rome: Day Trip to Tuscany

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Back to Rome: Day Trip to Venice

Buongiorno Venezia! I was so ecstatic for Saturday, because we took the high-speed train to one of my favorite cities: Venice. As soon as we arrived, Jordan led us to Dal Moro’s, one of the coolest eateries I have ever visited. This is a pasta take-out restaurant, where you order a pasta dish and it… Continue reading Back to Rome: Day Trip to Venice

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Back to Rome: Day Trip to Florence

Ciao Firenze! Our first night in Florence was short and sweet. After a ride on the high speed train from Rome, we reached Hotel Victoria. Immediately after arriving, we enjoyed an all-you-can-eat dinner at a lovely restaurant. We were served four types of pastas and the best bread sticks I have ever eaten, along with… Continue reading Back to Rome: Day Trip to Florence

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Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 5

Our last day of our weekend in paradise unfortunately came, but we had no plan to simply return to Rome. We took a detour in the busy, loud and fast-pace town of Naples. When I first thought of Naples, I thought of a quaint town by the sea, but it is the complete opposite. Professor… Continue reading Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 5

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Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 4

Another beautiful morning in Sorrento lead to another incredible day of many adventures. First on our list? Climb Mount Vesuvius. This is an active volcano that is part of a ring of multiple volcanoes on the Bay of Naples, called the Campianian volcanic arc. I have never been to a volcano before, let alone an… Continue reading Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 4

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Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 3

Swimming, boating and the beach — my favorite things! We arrived at Positano Saturday morning, a cliffside village lined with narrow streets and cute boutiques and cafes. Upon our arrival, we rented a boat to take us to a prime cliff-jumping and swimming area around the corner. The boat took us to the spot, and… Continue reading Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 3

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Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 2

Good morning Sorrento! After an impressive breakfast buffet at the Sister Hostel, the “Hofstra Romans” strolled down to the port to board the ferry. There were many other Bus2Alps guides and students there, but our day was special because after the ferry, we were getting on our own private tour boat. Did I mention where… Continue reading Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 2